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New Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH Version?

It's technically not a new version in the sense that the optics are identical to the current Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. What is new is that it's in the style of previous versions - ones that had been made for special MP3 sets, for the LHSA (Leica Historical Society of America) and most recently, the Lenny Kravitz "Correspondent" set. It appears that this lens will be a regularly stocked item (carrying Leica part number 11688) and only finished in black chrome. What's interesting is that there are only a few camera models that are available in black chrome currently; the M Monochrom, for example. In the past, this lens was available in black paint and regular chrome. No word on pricing yet - stay tuned.


Zeiss ZM Lenses - $100 Off!

You've probably heard of the fairly extensive line of Zeiss ZM lenses by now. In fact, we've reviewed four of them here; the Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM, Biogon T* 2/35 ZM, C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM and Planar T* 2/50 ZM. Just yesterday we posted about an index of technical articles that Zeiss has published over the years... Well, now you can get them on sale with $100 off!


Zeiss Posts Technical Article Index

You may have seen us reference technical articles by Zeiss in many of our Zeiss ZM lens reviews over the years, such as the C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM or the incredible Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM. Well, over the course of this time, Zeiss has published a lot of interesting technical articles about the physical basics of camera lenses - but not every article can be found that easily. That’s why they decided to publish them all in one blog post to give you easy access.

Leica "Safari Edition" M-P Announced

Exclusive scoop! Today Leica Camera has announced a "Safari Edition" of the Leica M-P (Type 240) camera. The set includes the Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, a new strap and a leather SD card holder. There will only be 1,500 sets worldwide and will sell for $9,990k USD (9,900 €) - you can pre-order here! This Safari Edition is actually a good deal - offering over $1,000 USD (500 €) in savings compared to purchasing the items separately (the M-P costs $8k and the Summicron costs $3k). The last cameras to receive this treatment were the Leica MP and X2 Olive LE for the opening of the Kyoto store a year ago in March 2014. Read more below for additional details and photos!

New Leica M-E and Summarit Set

Leica has announced a special new set which provides an "affordable" entry into the world of Leica M photography. The set consists of the Leica M-E camera, and both the Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5 and Summarit-M 75mm f/2.5 lenses. Purchasing these items individually would cost $8,895 USD ($8,395 USD until March 31, 2015 when Leica’s promotion on M ($750) and lenses ($250) ends). This set is available for $6,500 USD, a savings of $2,395 USD!

Two New Leica T Lenses Released

Two long-awaited lenses for the Leica T have been released - the APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm 3.5-4.5 ASPH (80-200mm) (specs) and the Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH (17-35mm) (specs)! In fact, they are already available at some Leica stores and dealers. They were officially announced at Photokina in September of 2014.Read more below for details!